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Shorter College to hold 1st graduation in 10 years

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Shorter College in North Little Rock is undergoing a rebirth after 127 years.

The historically black, 2-year college is to hold its first graduation exercise in 10 years. The 11 a.m. Saturday ceremony will also be the first commencement since the college's reaccreditation candidacy.

The college says its first candidate for graduation will be Willhelm Cedric Hawkins, who will get an associate of arts degree. Hawkins is a married father of 7 children and he has a 3.5 grade point average. New Shorter College President Jerome Green says the school now has 300 students and has met requirements to be considered for reaccreditation.

Shorter was founded by the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1886 for former slaves and African-Americans who didn't have access to public education.

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